Myanmar anti-coup protesters rally for 8th day, anger over arrest
Published: 01:47 PM, 13 February 2021
A demonstrator is detained by police officers during a protest against the military coup in Mawlamyine, Myanmar February 12, 2021; Photo: Than Lwin Times via Reuters
Mass protests of the opponents of Myanmar’s military coup is continued for the 8th straight day on Saturday. Besides, the continuing arrests of junta critics lead to anger over the detention of elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
Thousands of people were assembled in the business city, Yangon, while protesters took to the streets of the capital Naypyitaw, the Mandalay city and other towns a day after the biggest protests so far in the Southeast Asian country.
“Stop kidnapping at night,” was among the placards held by the protesters in Yangon in response to arrest raids in recent days, reports Reuters.
Meanwhile, the United Nations human rights office said on Friday that more than 350 people, including officials, activists and monks, have been arrested in Myanmar since February 1 coup.
However, the country’s “current” government did not make any comments or responses on the arrests.
Myanmar’s military seized th country’s power, alleging “fraud” in November’s election that lead to a landslide victory of Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) party. The army’s complaints were dismissed by Myanmar’s electoral commission.